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The Virginia General Assembly on Thursday approved a comprehensive state-level Voting Rights Act by a 21-18 vote in the state senate. All votes in favor of House Bill 1890 came from Democrats. The bill seeks to restore certain provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act that were gutted by a 2013 Supreme Court decision. It prohibits any [...]

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Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from 31 countries issued an open letter on Wednesday calling for the UN Security Council to institute a global arms embargo against the military regime in Myanmar. A total of 137 organizations have signed on to the letter, ranging from large international organizations and unions like Human Rights Watch and the AFL-CIO [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) unsealed an indictment on Wednesday charging three North Korean computer programmers with conspiracy to commit a wide range of cybercrimes, including attempts to steal or extort up to $1.3 billion from companies and financial institutions. The indictment alleges that the three men, Jon Chang Hyok, Kim Il and Park [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that Kentucky’s Billboard Act is unconstitutional. The Billboard Act prohibits off-site advertisements that are not securely affixed to the ground, attached to a mobile structure, and for which no permit has been obtained. Lion’s Den Adult Bookstore, which is [...]

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Former President Trump’s lawyers wrapped up their defense in three hours on Friday, marking the fourth day of the impeachment trial in the Senate. The defense consisted of accusations that the House impeachment managers were taking the ex-president’s statements out of context, and that Trump’s exhortations to his followers to “fight” amounted to little more [...]

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The United Nations Human Rights Council Friday adopted a resolution deploring the removal of the democratically elected government of Myanmar by a military coup and called for its restoration. The Council called upon Myanmar’s military, which took control of the country on February 1, to refrain from violence and to protect the human rights of [...]

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Angola’s revised penal code that not only decriminalizes same-sex relationships but also bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, went into effect on Wednesday. The penal code was approved by the Angolan parliament in 2019 but was not signed into law by President João Lourenço until November 2020 and was scheduled to take effect [...]

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Three student loan borrowers Monday filed a petition Monday to try to force the servicing arm of loan giant Navient into bankruptcy. The three plaintiffs all claim that their own student loan debts were discharged through their own bankruptcies, but they accuse Navient of attempting for the last decade to get them to repay the [...]

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A letter signed by 144 constitutional law scholars and circulated Friday characterizes as “legally frivolous” ex-president Donald Trump’s First Amendment-based defense in his impeachment trial slated to start in the US Senate on February 9. The scholars contend that it does not matter whether Trump was engaged in lawful speech when he spoke prior to [...]

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